Paul Uram

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Paul Uram
Personal information
Date of birth May 1926 (age 88)
Career information
Position(s) Flexibility coach
College Slippery Rock State Teacher's College
Career highlights
Honors Super Bowl IX (1974)
Super Bowl X (1975)
Super Bowl XIII
(1978)
Super Bowl XIV (1979)
U.S. Gymnastics Hall of Fame (1974)
Slippery Rock University Hall of Fame (1986)
Slippery Rock Univ. All-Time Football Team (1965)
Butler County Sports Hall of Fame (1969)
Western Pennsylvania Hall of Fame
Team(s) as a coach/administrator
19731981 Pittsburgh Steelers (flexibility and kickers coach)

Paul "Red" Uram is an American former gymnastics and flexibility coach. He is a member of the U.S. Gymanstics Hall of Fame and he coached on four Super Bowl-winning teams with the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League. He also is the author of two books on human movement.

Early life[edit]

Uram grew up in Butler, Pennsylvania where he attended Butler Senior High School. He participated in football and track and field. He went on to play quarterback at Slippery Rock State Teacher's College from which he graduated in 1949.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

Uram's coaching career began at Millvale High School in Millvale, Pennsylvania, where he spent six years in the early 1950s coaching football, gymnastics and track and field. His gymnastics teams won 120 straight dual meets during his tenure.[2] He later coached gymnastics at his alma mater, Butler Senior High School, where his teams won 108 straight dual meets and three state championships.[3]

He served as the flexibility and kicking coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1973 through 1981, during which span the team won four Super Bowls.[2] He also worked with the NFL's Baltimore Colts, the Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA, the NHL's Detroit Red Wings and the Pittsburgh Pirates of Major League Baseball.[4]

He is the author of two books on the topic of human movement, flexibility and stretching.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Refining human movement, self-published: 1971.
  • The Complete Stretching Book, Anderson World : 1980. ISBN 978-0-89037-158-9

Honors[edit]

Uram was inducted into the U.S. Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 1974, one of only a few high school coaches to be so honored.[3] He was named the quarterback of Slippery Rock University's All-Time football team in 1965 and was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame in 1986.[1] He was elected to the Butler County (Pennsylvania) Sports Hall of Fame in 1969[5] and is also a member of the Western Pennsylvania Hall of Fame.[2] March 24, 2009 was designated as "Paul Uram Day" by the borough of Millvale, Pennsylvania.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Paul Uram bio". Slippery Rock University. Archived from the original on December 22, 2011. Retrieved December 22, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Millvale honors Slippery Rock alumnus/Hall of Famer Paul Uram". Slippery Rock University. March 30, 2009. Archived from the original on December 22, 2011. Retrieved December 22, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Paul Uram bio". U.S. Gymnastics Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on December 22, 2011. Retrieved December 22, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Uram's Flexibility Program Aids Pirates". The Vindicator. March 28, 1976. p. D-2. Retrieved December 22, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Inductees". Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on December 22, 2011. Retrieved December 22, 2011.